Being the daughter of Slim Shady can’t be easy. But if you were to ask Hailie Jade Mathers, it wasn’t bad at all and in her eyes, it was just “normal.” What isn’t “normal” about life on the tour bus of Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem? Okay, Hailie Jade didn’t spend her entire childhood on her father’s tour bus and as you’ll soon see, she did live a fairly normal life, despite a father who battled his own demons and a mother whose similar issues continue to be a constant fight. Maybe it is because she has had to live through all her parents’ trials and tribulations that Hailie Jade has kept to the straight and narrow. Let’s see if we can figure out what Hailie Jade is all about.
HALIE JADE’S PARENTS
The simple fact that Hailie Jade is the daughter of Eminem, one of the most influential rappers to ever hit the industry, would lead one to believe she grew up in private schools and privileged. True, she may have been on the receiving end of a bit of privilege, it is hard not to get some when your father is such an influence in the music industry, but Hailie Jade is carving her own path, regardless.
Haile Jade is a Christmas baby. Born on December 25, 1995, to Marshall Mathers and Kim Scott, she grew up in Detroit, Michigan. Her parents met in 1989 when the two were in high school. Apparently, Marshall left a lasting impression on Kim when they first met as he was standing shirtless on a table rapping LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad.” The die was cast. Kim and her twin sister had run away from home and after their first meeting, the twin sisters moved in with Marshall and his mother. They began their tumultuous relationship that year.
Although Hailie Jade was born in 1995, it wasn’t until four years later that Marshall and Kim were married. By that time, though, drugs became a constant way of life for both Marshall and Kim, culminating in Kim’s 2001 arrest for possession of cocaine. This was also the year when Marshall and Kim called it quits for the first time.
Kim was unable to put her drug use in the rearview and two years later she was arrested again for felony possession of cocaine, unsafe driving near a stopped emergency vehicle, and driving with a suspended license. Kim’s drug habit would follow her throughout her life.
As for Hailie, perhaps she was just too young to understand what was going on around her. Her parents became embroiled in a custody battle before they finally agreed on joint custody. The two would even give it one more try in 2006, but that second marriage only lasted a few months before Marshall filed for divorce once again.
The one constant thing surrounding Hailie Jade, which makes her journey and where she’s ended up even more remarkable, was the drug use by both of her parents. We’ve talked about Kim’s abuse, but Marshall’s was just as bad. In fact, as Eminem, his drug use was almost legendary. Drugs, rehab, drugs, rehab became his theme. Marshall says his habit began while he was filming 8 Mile. He was on set for 16 hours a day and only had certain windows to try to get some sleep. Someone offered him an Ambien and it worked. He then thought, “I need this all the time.”
Marshall says his drug habit wasn’t to get high but to feel normal. To feel this way, he needed to take an extraordinary number of pills. “I want to say in a day I could consume anywhere from 40 to 60 Valium,” he told Rolling Stone. “And Vicodin… maybe 20, 30? I don’t know. I was taking a lot of shit.”
During this time, Hailie Jade was living as normal a childhood as she could. Surrounded by her cousin Alaina Marie and her half-sister Whitney, Hailie Jade went to Cherokee Elementary School in Detroit before attending Chippewa Valley High School. Nothing fancy, nothing privileged. Well, there was this one time, but more on that in a bit.
Hailie Jade graduated high school in 2014 and from there attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She majored in Psychology and in 2018 received her degree from the university.
NO DRUGS, NO ALCOHOL FOR HALIE JADE
How Hailie Jade avoided walking the same path her parents did is somewhat amazing, but as she puts it via Insider, “I thought if I did anything wrong, I was a terrible human.” For this reason, she avoided anything and everything that had to do with drugs and alcohol. She didn’t even go to parties in high school. “I feel like everyone was doing that but I just didn’t,” she said. “I was so naive to all of it.” Hailie Jade was such a clean-cut young lady that she went only went to one of her high school football games after a run-in she had with a friend.
“One of my friends came up to me and talked right at my face and I was like, ‘Oh my God, you’re drinking,’” she remembered. “It hit me right in that moment, I was like, ‘I’ve gotta go,” she continued. “I thought that even being associated with anyone there that was drinking I was gonna get in trouble.” So, trouble was the very thing that Hailie Jade avoided.
When it comes to her parents, Hailie Jade has been through the wringer. In December 2007, the same month Hailie Jade was to turn 12, Marshall Mathers overdosed on methadone. Thankfully he survived and thankfully it was the final straw that finally set him on the road to recovery.
As for Hailie Jade’s mother, her drug habit never truly went away. Just last year, Kim attempted suicide by taking a number of pills. She had locked herself away in her bathroom, downed a bunch of pills, and cut herself. When a worried friend arrived, Kim wouldn’t open the door. The friend broke in and found Kim laying in a pool of blood, still able to talk, telling her friend not to call the police. Kim survived and has since been trying to fully kick her habit and is pursuing a career as a freelance illustrator.
HAILIE JADE HAS A STRONG IG GAME
Although Hailie Jade received her degree in Psychology, it hasn’t been her chosen profession. No, instead Hailie Jade has taken to the life of a social media influencer. Her Instagram game is a strong one and she is very much into fashion and beauty.
As you can see from her Instagram account, she loves to post anything and everything, whether it be clothes-related or beauty related. She has almost three million followers and her popularity only looks to be growing as she is stepping outside the clothing and beauty game and teaming up with her best and childhood friend for a new adventure.
HAILIE JADE, THE PODCASTER
They are calling it “Just A Little Shady” and it is the brand new podcast that Hailie Jade has started with her best friend, Brittany Ednie. During their very first podcast, the two best friends since childhood reminisced about Hailie Jade’s “normal” childhood when Hailie Jade asked Ednie if she wanted to come on her dad’s tour bus. “And I was like, ‘What’s a tour bus?’”, Ednie recalled, “And somebody was with us and they were like, ‘Hailie Jade, not everyone knows what a tour bus is!’”
To date, the pair has produced four podcasts and hope for many more. Normal? Well, maybe to Hailie Jade. It’ll be interesting to see where life takes the now 26-year-old daughter of Slim Shady. By the looks of it, though, she has a great handle on where she’s at, where she’s come from, and where she is going. Good for her.